Types of Gun Holsters

Gun Holsters

Ready for a Gun Holster?

You’ve finally bought the gun you’ve had your eye on for awhile. Now it’s time to think about accessories. The first thing aside from ammunition should be a gun holster. Think about your needs first and if you need ready-access, or concealment. Then look around at the vast array of materials, placements, and types there are available. Above all, you want your gun holster to be comfortable and sturdy, and it’s hard to tell until you’ve tried it.

Typically, you’ll find gun holsters made out of leather, plastic, or nylon. Leather holsters are very traditional, durable, hold their shape, but are also susceptible to moisture. Plastic holsters are lightweight, waterproof, durable, and are generally quick to draw from, but some may find them uncomfortable. Nylon or ballistic nylon are the most inexpensive, are easy to clean, and flexible, but may take on wear easier than the other choices.

Gun holsters can be worn almost anywhere on the body, so keep in mind what your use will be. Here is a brief list:

  • Ankle holsters: made ideally for lightweight, smaller guns
  • Inside the waistband (IWB): some offer “tuckable” varieties where you can tuck your shirt between the clip and the holster
  • Inside the Pocket: best for smaller, thinner guns
  • Belt/Outside the Waistband (OWB): most traditional placement, think westerns and law enforcement
  • Thigh, Drop Leg, Tactical: worn outside the pants, not for concealment
  • Shoulder: a harness that crosses your back and through the arms. Usually has a magazine carrier on the other side of the gun
  • Pancake: look like they have wings. Worn close to the body at the waist
  • Fanny pack: worn around the waist, usually has a pouch and other pockets to carry IDs, money, etc.
  • Bellyband: made of a stretchy material, incorporates a “universal fit” holster. Can be worn around chest, waist, or hips
  • Specialty: this can include underwear with built-in holsters, including bras and undershirts

Talk to your gun retailer to narrow your search and find the best holster for you!

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  1. You gotta love the specialty holsters; however, I prefer a good ankle holster!

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